Use what the owners manual suggests.
Wal mart has the best price on Motorcraft filters and syn blend Motorcraft oil.
Some come in 5 qt bottles too.
Use only Motorcraft oil filters, and you will be good to go.
I use Castrol in all my trucks, but I will stay with Motorcraft in my 07 Explorer though.
I went from 10w 30 to 5w 30 and now to 5w 20. Biggest thing I noticed is oil consumption. The 10w 30 and the 5w 20 seem to burn it up the most (maybe even more with the 5w 20), with the 5w 30 requiring little or no addition on a 5k mile oil change. You're in a cold area, so you might want to give the semi-syn 5w 20 a try. I think I'll go back to the 5w 30 at the next change.
Only problems we've had with ours has been minor things with the air ride suspension: replaced a faulty connector and put in a new pump. Oh yeah, had to put a new alternator in too. We have just 47k on ours now...
Good luck with your new ride!
'07 F350 Lariat SRW SC/LB, 6.0 Auto, 4x4 3.73 LSD ("Dan" is the truck, I'm Scott). BFG A/Ts 285/65/18, Rancho RS9000s, Air Lift bags, Super Hitch, Blue Spring, BD EGR Cooler, EC-1 coolant, XDP Coolant Filter, Updated OEM: Oil Cooler, StandPipes & Dummy Plugs, STC fitting, Trans pan & filter, Delo 400 semi-synth 9W 40. Torque Pro on-board! Next up: '08 rear alum diff cover & OD Alt Pulley.
By this Ford TSB below, your vehicle apparently is approved for 5W-20, which is supposed to improve mileage. I switched from 5W-30 to 5W-20 on my 5.4 and did notice an increase in mileage; and I use only the Motorcraft approved synth blend 5W-20 and an approved Ford oil filter. I gave up on using anything else back at about 40k. It runs fine on 5W-20. BTW, forget about Rislone.
This article is being republished in its entirety to update the vehicle models, engines and years affected.
NOTE PLEASE REFER TO THE VEHICLE APPLICATION LIST LATER IN THIS TSB FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THIS TSB.
Ford Motor Company now recommends SAE 5W-20 viscosity grade for servicing most gasoline and flexible fueled vehicles.
All 2001 and 2002 vehicles where SAE 5W-20 is specified should be serviced at the recommended oil change intervals using SAE 5W-20. This oil is an improved formulation to improve fuel economy.
Testing has validated this viscosity grade can be used in many previous model year vehicles. It is recommended ALL vehicles on the following Vehicle Application Listing be service with SAE 5W-20.
All 2001-2002 vehicles other than those listed in the "Exception 2001 Vehicles" or "Exception 2002 Vehicles" chart are being filled with SAE 5W-20 motor oil at the factory and should also be serviced with SAE 5W-20 oil.
Exception 2001 Vehicles
Exception 2002 Vehicles
NOTE IF VEHICLE IS NOT LISTED IN THIS APPLICATION, SAE 5W-30 OIL IS RECOMMENDED. REFER TO TSB 99-8-16.
Veh. App. Listing Approved For SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil
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